Jake Abel has won the role of one of the male leads in the film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's book The Host says Deadline.
Saoirse Ronan has been cast as "Melanie Stryder, one of the last humans putting up a fight against an alien species called Souls. These parasites invade human bodies, fuse to each person's consciousness and systematically erase their personalities. Melanie is captured by the aliens and implanted by a Soul called Wanderer (who Saorise will also play), something of a legend because of all of the "hosts" she has attached to on numerous planets. Wanderer's goal is to get Melanie to give up the remaining pockets of humans, but instead the alien finds Melanie to be unique in her unwillingness to surrender her consciousness. Wanderer is so overwhelmed by Melanie's memories and feelings, the alien is driven to reconnect with Melanie's old life."
Abel beat out Dane DeHaan Thomas McDonell Augustus Prew for the role of Ian, who brutalizes Wanderer before falling in love with her.
Meantime Liam Hemsworth and Jai Courtney British boys Kit Harington and Max Irons are testing for the other lead role of Jared, Melanie's boyfriend.
Producers Nick Wechsler and Steve Schwartz and Paula Mae Schwartz are set to work with director Andrew Niccol
Shooting kicks off early next year in Louisiana and New Mexico.